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Lake County Car Accident Lawyer

On Saturday, January 5, two Chicago police officers were injured when their vehicle was struck by a vehicle believed to have been stolen. After the collision, the driver fled the scene, leaving the officers with severe but non-life threatening injuries. For Illinois drivers, the hit and run collision served as a reminder that some drivers will attempt to flee the scene of an accident even when it involves law enforcement.  

After a hit and run accident, one must act quickly and calmly to help ensure law enforcement officials are equipped with the requisite information to find the perpetrator. 

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Waukegan personal injury attorneys, hit-and-run crash, hit-and-run accident, pedestrian fatalities, Lake County automobile accidentEach year, more than 1,000 Americans are fatally injured in hit-and-run accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the rate of hit-and-run incidents is on the rise nationwide. Throughout the three year span from 2009 to 2011, the NHTSA recorded a 13.7 percent increase in fatal hit-and-run accidents.

Recent studies suggest that the uptick in fatal hit-and-run accidents has a disproportionate impact on pedestrians. Roughly 60 percent of all deadly hit-and-run accidents involve pedestrians as victims. Even more concerning is the fact that one-in-five pedestrian fatalities occur as hit-and-run accidents.

How to React to a Hit-and-Run Incident

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Typically, if you are injured in an accident, you file a claim with the driver that hit you. Unfortunately, this is not always an option in a hit-and run accident. Even if the other driver is eventually tracked down, they may not have had insurance (which is fairly common in hit-and-run accidents). You can still receive compensation, however. The following information explains how.

Hit-and-Run Accidents often Caused by Intoxicated Drivers

Lack of insurance is just one major issue with hit-and-run accidents. Many have been linked to intoxicated drivers. Others have also been linked to individuals who are driving without a license (potentially due to suspension from a previous DUI conviction). What is worse is that, collectively, hit-and-run accidents are on the rise, increasing by a concerning 13.7 percent over a three-year period.

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